Cathedral Windows – New Views: An interview with Vendulka Battais
This week Valerie talks to Vendulka about her book – “Cathedral windows – new views” – a new technique of creating the window where the contrast of colours allows the frames to stand out. This creates an enhanced 3D effect. Vendulka’s use of a single window block allows her to play with designs, fabrics and colours. She shows how the magic of different fabric ranges can produce inspired projects created by utilising fussy cutting techniques and echoing fabrics in the borders. Watch Now+
BOOK OF THE MONTH:
Cathedral Windows – new views by Vendulka Battais
If you enjoyed the interview, then you will love Vendulka’s book – Cathedral Windows – new views – which is our Book of the Month for March. It contains 11 new delightful projects using this traditional pattern but with a faster machine pieced method. The projects which combine several blocks. means you can then combine them to make many other different projects. The book contains step by step instructions, accompanied by photographs. The 11 projects include cushions and wall hangings plus an impressive double bed quilt, which combines most of the blocks taught
in the book.
The technique uses different fabric for the background from the frame of the window. This gives the finished project more contrast and striking results. This is usually a hand patchwork technique but Vendulka shares with you how to work this by machine.
PLUS it comes with FREE shipping in the UK for the month of March 2022. Buy Now +
Woven Rail Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
This is one of those quick and easy make in a weekend-style quilts that Valerie loves. It raids some of your stash – or a jelly roll that has been lurking(!). You just combine some piano keys with a co-ordinating background fabric. Valerie also gives you some helpful hints on how to quick piece these and then you can re-trim (if necessary) to make them into a perfect square before piecing them into rows. Watch Now +
Beginner Patchwork Sampler quilt series with Sallieann Harrison – Double French Quilt Binding
In order to bind most quilts you will need more than one strip of fabric, so knowing how to join them beautifully on the diagonal is a must, and Sallieann guides you through all the stages necessary to complete the last step in creating your first sampler quilt. Watch Now +
Modern Triangle quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
This delightful easy-to-make quilt will have you checking your stash and pre-cuts. It is very typical of most modern quilts. A simple shape combines with lots of background so that the beauty of the fabrics are also highlighted. Made with half-square triangles and strips it’s really easy. The Thangles company have put together a pattern, which comes complete with the papers and is available in our Shop Watch Now+
PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: Bluebird of Happiness Precuts by Henry Glass
In March, for our Product of the Month, we have 3 different fabric precuts. from the Bluebird of Happiness collection by Janet Rae Nesbitt for Henry Glass Fabrics and as our Product of the Month all come with free UK P&P for March 2022.
Designer, Janet Nesbitt, an early riser by nature, was inspired by her surroundings to create the” Bluebird of Happiness” collection. This collection is created to spread a little happiness and keep a song in your
heart. 100% cotton patchwork and quilting fabric
10″ squares (20 squares) Buy Now+
2.5″ strip roll (10 strips) Buy Now+
5″ squares (20 squares) Buy Now+
Creative Quilting have put this pack together from fabric on their own shelves, so it is unique to them
Update from our February 2022 Sewing Retreat Weekend
What makes about 7 ladies travel great distances at the crack of dawn on Saturday morning? The first justhands-on.tv sewing weekend of 2022! Check out our Blog to read about what they got up to over the weekend. This includes Dotty who was working on this lovely quilt in our sewing corner at the retreat, but she actually started it on another retreat. When she bought the fabric she had no idea about Ukraine but the colours remind her of their flag. So she’s named it “Pathway from Ukraine”. Read More+
Come and join us and escape for the weekend at one of our upcoming retreats – you’ll find full details here.
You are always welcome to join us in the sewing corner, as Dotty did, or as a day or residential student on all our weekends, if you don’t fancy booking a class. This is subject to availability. You can finish your UFO’s or even start a new project without interruptions.
What’s coming up in March
Giveaway for Paid Subscribers
This month’s giveaway is a a lovely couturiers hand cream – SEAMS Couturiers Hand Cream (75ml). Made in the UK, it’s a perfect gift for crafters. It absorbs instantly and is non greasy. Originally created for seamstresses and makers to care for their dry, pinpricked hands without leaving greasy marks on materials. The no.1 backstage hand care in film & tv at Netflix, ITV, GMB, USA Network.
To enter the competition just send an email entitled HANDCREAM to email@example.com The competition closes 31st March 2022.
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